Living Wage
Champion Awards 2016

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Paying the London Living Wage should be a badge of honour for employers – and it makes good business sense too. As well as making a real difference to their employees’ quality of life, businesses experience significant benefits through increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London



The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made a real difference by supporting the Living Wage movement.

The Awards are open to accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the campaign. The winners are announced during Living Wage Week.

The Awards are judged by an independent panel of leaders from the Living Wage campaign. 

In 2016 we will announce Employer Champions for each region of the UK, as well as - for the first time ever - three Anniversary Awards; special commendations for individuals that have shown great leadership over a length of time.

Award winners will be: awarded trophies; showcased in our Living Wage Week 2016 communications; provided with a 'winner' badge and press release for use; and featured on our website.

The categories...

1. Champion Awards

These awards celebrate the organisations that have done the most to implement, promote and celebrate the Living Wage in their regions during 2016. Judges will be looking for evidence that organisations have gone above and beyond to promote the Living Wage.

This could include:

  • Raising awareness of the Living Wage
  • Encouraging other organisations to pay the Living Wage
  • Increasing the visibility of the Living Wage Brand

The judges will shortlist up to five organisations - as well as selecting an overall winner - in each region.

This category is open to applications from accredited Living Wage Employers and Recognised Living Wage Service ProvidersApplicants submit a 300-word account of the organisation's leadership, a supportive quote and a picture of their team with the Living Wage badge. Organisations are asked to nominate themselves for the award; we are unable to accept nominations on behalf of organisations.

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2. Anniversary Awards 

To celebrate the anniversary of the Living Wage movement, we are giving out three special awards for remarkable individuals that have led the way on the Living Wage nationally for a length of five, ten or fifteen years

Award winners could be community campaigners, team members at Living Wage Employers or Service Providers, or a person who has made the Living Wage a reality for others.

Judges will be looking for outstanding leadership on the Living Wage. This could include:

  • Raising awareness of the Living Wage
  • Making the Living Wage a reality for others
  • Encouraging organisations to adopt the Living Wage

The Anniversary Awards are open to applications from anybody, regardless of whether or not they work for a Living Wage Employer. Applicants submit a 300-word account of the leadership over the given time period, a supportive quote and a picture of the individual. Individuals may nominate themselves for the award or may be nominated by others.

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Organisations are welcome to submit applications to both categories; for example, employers may like to nominate their CEO for an Anniversary Award as well as nominating their organisation for a Champion Award.

The closing deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 2nd September. Materials submitted as part of award applications may be used in Living Wage Foundation communication materials.

The Awards are free to enter.

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